Pensioner badly hurt in bag snatch

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Undated handout photo issued by West Yorkshire police of Sabina Harrison who suffered horrific facial injuries when a gang snatched her handbag in broad daylight. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday March 31, 2014. Grandmother Sabina Harrison, 78, was left with severe bruising after they yanked the bag from her shoulder, causing her to fall down and hit her head. The four youths then ran off, leaving her on the ground. She needed hospital treatment for facial injuries and other bruising. See PA story POLICE Pensioner. Photo credit should read: West Yorkshire Police/PA WireNOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

A pensioner suffered horrific facial injuries when a gang snatched her handbag in broad daylight.

Grandmother Sabina Harrison, 78, was left with severe bruising after they yanked the bag from her shoulder, causing her to fall down and hit her head.

The four youths then ran off, leaving her on the ground. She needed hospital treatment for facial injuries and other bruising.

Police have released a graphic picture of her injuries in the hope it may encourage people who
witnessed the incident in Milan Road, Harehills, Leeds, at 5.20pm on Friday to come forward.

Pc Philip Dodsworth, of Leeds CID, said: "The photo of the victim is particularly graphic and shows the nasty facial injuries she received in this incident.

"We hope the impact of this image will encourage anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward. We are particularly keen to speak to one potential witness - the driver of a gold or silver Mark IV Volkswagen Golf which was seen on CCTV in Ashton Road approaching the junction with Milan Road just before the incident.

"The victim, who was wearing a bright red coat, crosses the junction in front of that car shortly before being robbed and the person in the vehicle may have seen who else was around at the time.

"I would urge anyone who was in the area and witnessed the incident or who has any information that could assist the investigation to contact me."

Four youths, aged 14, 15, 16 and 17, from Manchester, have been arrested in connection with the incident and released on police bail pending further inquiries, West Yorkshire Police said.

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